Sometimes collecting antiques is viewed as stuffy and old-fashioned but, in today’s world, buying antiques can be an impactful and ecologically responsible act. More and more people of all generations are looking at the way we consume and how it affects the planet. There are growing trends focusing on ethical consumption urging people to thrift clothing instead of fueling the existing clothing market and the very same mind set can be applied to the items within your home. Thrifting and antiquing can be an important part of an eco-friendly lifestyle. By recycling, reusing, and upcycling people can offer older pieces (whether furniture or household items) a new life while also slowing the demand for modern furniture and product markets that utilize massive amounts of wood, synthetic materials, and plastics.
Here are a few tips to think about as you begin hunting out your next “new” item:
Keep in mind, there is a difference between antiquing and building a collection. Building a collection takes time and often a larger budget and should be done with care, while antiquing or thrifting is more about hunting for items to use within your home.
If possible, try to get your hands on a piece. We all reflexively use ebay and Amazon, but there is a lot to be said for holding something in your hands and supporting a local thrift store or auction house when you buy their products
Figure out what objects you need in your home and then see if you can find a vintage or antique equivalent before looking at a modern company
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you’re not sure about a particular item or style don’t be afraid to find a pro and ask for their help
Always check for condition. If something is in poor condition are you up to the challenge of fixing it?
Don’t like the color of that new chest of drawers? Make sure you’re not painting or staining over an original patina and then make it yours! Upcycling isn’t a crime as long as you do your research and can confirm you aren’t damaging an original finish or an important piece.
Do your research! Does something seem a little too expensive? Do a little searching online and see what turns up.
Check out this recent article from The Telegraph to learn more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/04/boom-antique-furniture-driven-envir